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Location: Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday May 20, 2022 through Saturday Jun 4, 2022

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri May 20, 9:11 PM 4 min 16° 10° above NW 10° above NNE  
Fri May 20, 10:49 PM 4 min 15° 10° above NNW 9° above NE  
Sat May 21, 12:25 AM 1 min 15° 10° above NW 15° above NW  
Sat May 21, 10:01 PM 4 min 14° 10° above NNW 10° above NE  
Sat May 21, 11:37 PM 2 min 25° 10° above NW 25° above N  
Sun May 22, 9:12 PM 4 min 14° 10° above NW 10° above NNE  
Sun May 22, 10:49 PM 4 min 21° 10° above NNW 19° above NE  
Mon May 23, 10:01 PM 5 min 17° 10° above NNW 10° above ENE  
Mon May 23, 11:38 PM 1 min 24° 10° above NW 24° above NW  
Tue May 24, 9:13 PM 4 min 15° 10° above NNW 10° above NE  
Tue May 24, 10:50 PM 3 min 38° 10° above NW 38° above NNE  
Wed May 25, 10:02 PM 4 min 27° 10° above NW 19° above ENE  
Wed May 25, 11:38 PM 1 min 15° 10° above WNW 15° above WNW  
Thu May 26, 9:14 PM 5 min 21° 10° above NNW 10° above ENE  
Thu May 26, 10:50 PM 2 min 47° 10° above NW 47° above WNW  
Fri May 27, 10:02 PM 4 min 58° 10° above NW 44° above E  
Sat May 28, 9:14 PM 6 min 37° 10° above NW 13° above E  
Sat May 28, 10:51 PM 2 min 22° 10° above WNW 22° above W  
Sun May 29, 10:03 PM 4 min 49° 10° above WNW 44° above S  
Mon May 30, 9:15 PM 6 min 88° 10° above NW 19° above SE  
Tue May 31, 10:04 PM 3 min 17° 10° above W 17° above SW  
Wed Jun 1, 9:15 PM 5 min 30° 10° above WNW 15° above SSE  
Fri Jun 3, 9:17 PM 2 min 11° 10° above WSW 10° above SW  
2022-05-21 01:11:00.0,Fri May 20, 9:11 PM,4 min,16°,10° above NW,10° above NNE|2022-05-21 02:49:00.0,Fri May 20, 10:49 PM,4 min,15°,10° above NNW,9° above NE|2022-05-21 04:25:00.0,Sat May 21, 12:25 AM,1 min,15°,10° above NW,15° above NW|2022-05-22 02:01:00.0,Sat May 21, 10:01 PM,4 min,14°,10° above NNW,10° above NE|2022-05-22 03:37:00.0,Sat May 21, 11:37 PM,2 min,25°,10° above NW,25° above N|2022-05-23 01:12:00.0,Sun May 22, 9:12 PM,4 min,14°,10° above NW,10° above NNE|2022-05-23 02:49:00.0,Sun May 22, 10:49 PM,4 min,21°,10° above NNW,19° above NE|2022-05-24 02:01:00.0,Mon May 23, 10:01 PM,5 min,17°,10° above NNW,10° above ENE|2022-05-24 03:38:00.0,Mon May 23, 11:38 PM,1 min,24°,10° above NW,24° above NW|2022-05-25 01:13:00.0,Tue May 24, 9:13 PM,4 min,15°,10° above NNW,10° above NE|2022-05-25 02:50:00.0,Tue May 24, 10:50 PM,3 min,38°,10° above NW,38° above NNE|2022-05-26 02:02:00.0,Wed May 25, 10:02 PM,4 min,27°,10° above NW,19° above ENE|2022-05-26 03:38:00.0,Wed May 25, 11:38 PM,1 min,15°,10° above WNW,15° above WNW|2022-05-27 01:14:00.0,Thu May 26, 9:14 PM,5 min,21°,10° above NNW,10° above ENE|2022-05-27 02:50:00.0,Thu May 26, 10:50 PM,2 min,47°,10° above NW,47° above WNW|2022-05-28 02:02:00.0,Fri May 27, 10:02 PM,4 min,58°,10° above NW,44° above E|2022-05-29 01:14:00.0,Sat May 28, 9:14 PM,6 min,37°,10° above NW,13° above E|2022-05-29 02:51:00.0,Sat May 28, 10:51 PM,2 min,22°,10° above WNW,22° above W|2022-05-30 02:03:00.0,Sun May 29, 10:03 PM,4 min,49°,10° above WNW,44° above S|2022-05-31 01:15:00.0,Mon May 30, 9:15 PM,6 min,88°,10° above NW,19° above SE|2022-06-01 02:04:00.0,Tue May 31, 10:04 PM,3 min,17°,10° above W,17° above SW|2022-06-02 01:15:00.0,Wed Jun 1, 9:15 PM,5 min,30°,10° above WNW,15° above SSE|2022-06-04 01:17:00.0,Fri Jun 3, 9:17 PM,2 min,11°,10° above WSW,10° above SW|

The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn't have flashing lights or change direction. It will also be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 600 miles per hour; the space station flies at 17,500 miles per hour).

Below is a time-lapse photo of the space station moving across the sky.

The International Space Station is seen in this 30 second exposure as it flies over Elkton, VA early in the morning, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls The International Space Station is seen in this 30 second exposure as it flies over Elkton, VA early in the morning, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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How do I Spot The Station?

What does all this sighting information mean?

Time is when the sighting opportunity will begin in your local time zone. All sightings will occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky.

Visible is the maximum time period the space station is visible before crossing back below the horizon.

Max Height is measured in degrees (also known as elevation). It represents the height of the space station from the horizon in the night sky. The horizon is at zero degrees, and directly overhead is ninety degrees. If you hold your fist at arm's length and place your fist resting on the horizon, the top will be about 10 degrees.

Appears is the location in the sky where the station will be visible first. This value, like maximum height, also is measured in degrees from the horizon. The letters represent compass directions -- N is north, WNW is west by northwest, and so on.

Disappears represents where in the night sky the International Space Station will leave your field of view.

Astronomical Horizon chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.